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Candied Yams Casserole

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The traditional Thanksgiving feast is in totality full of popular dishes. There is the famous “Green Bean Casserole”, “Cranberry sauce”, ”Stuffing”, and of course the turkey! Candied Yams take a spot as one of the most popular side dishes. At the bottom of the post is my culmination of recipes perfected into one. The traditions we celebrate at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays are typically carried on in large part by food. What tends to trigger a memory? Many times taste plays a big factor bringing back a memory. Another is certain smells. Then it is conceivable each time we experience a scent or taste these foods, it could trigger a memory. Hopefully a happy one! That is why we all feel a sense of nostalgia around the holidays. We relive our memories from our past through our foods! These are ways that associate many momentous moments and the beauty of my ordinary everyday throughout my life!

Holiday Favorites

Holiday Favorites

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Toasty Marshmallow Topping

Smokey Char flavors that pair well with barbecue and picnic foods

Smokey Char flavors that pair well with barbecue and picnic foods

Kid Friendly

To side or not to side, that is the question! We all have those side dishes that are saved for special occasions. Is it okay to serve them as an everyday option? Will we still savor our festive favorites with the same fervor? If my grandchildren opinion offered the answer, candied yams casserole would be on our menu more often!

I am not suggesting to prepare the standard recipe on a regular basis. We would all be suffering from sugar overload! But it is easy to adapt so it can be kid friendly and a healthy alternative side all during the year. By making a few substitutions or skimping of ingredients you’ll shave off some calories. However, part of the appeal are those toasty marshmallows! What kid is going to turn down marshmallows? At the very least, let’s open up the opportunities candied yams casserole can come to your table! For instance, Summertime family picnics offer main courses that pair well with the sweet and savory dish.

Sweet Potatoes or Yams?

Yams

Yams

Why there is confusion between sweet Potatoes and yams?

The library of congress distinguishes the reasons for our confusion as follows… “In the United States, firm varieties of sweet potatoes were produced before soft varieties. When soft varieties were first grown commercially, there was a need to differentiate between the two. African slaves had already been calling the ‘soft’ sweet potatoes ‘yams’ because they resembled the yams in Africa. Thus, ‘soft’ sweet potatoes were referred to as ‘yams’ to distinguish them from the ‘firm’ varieties.“

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I didn’t know there is a difference between sweet potatoes and yams! It is a question asked quite often though. Because such a common use of interchanging the names happens, “Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term ‘yam’ to be accompanied by the term ‘sweet potato.’ Unless you specifically search for yams, which are usually found in an international market, you are probably eating sweet potatoes!“ But then another classification adds to the confusion where “The Sweet potato varieties are classified as either ‘firm’ or ‘soft’. When cooked, those in the ‘firm’ category remain firm, while ‘soft’ varieties become soft and moist. It is the ‘soft’ varieties that are often labeled as yams in the United States.”

Cook Time

Cook timeReady inYields

40 min

40 min

8-10

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Base:

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 6 yams, baked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 & 1/2, or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash potatoes with vegetable brush and poke with knife three times for venting. Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour depending on sizes. *note* you may want to place foil sheet on bottom rack to catch any leakage. Sweet potatoes are high sugar content and the juices will burn and make a sticky mess on your oven.
  2. Let potatoes cool to touch and peel of skins. Cut into cubes and place into a large bowl. Using a hand mixer or masher, mash to desired texture. Add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, and orange zest. Mix to combine.
  3. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour mixture into pan and level off.
  4. Sprinkle streusel topping over the top of potato base. Put in oven to bake 45 mins.
  5. At 45 mins place mini marshmallows to cover top of potatoes. Set broil until brown and toasty

Deserving Side Dish

Make the most of your momentous moments with a candied yam casserole. You can serve it more than just during the holidays. These sweet potatoes will give your everyday family dinners the special pick me up they deserve! However, if you want it for Christmas dinner there is still time. So, put it on your menu now!

© 2022 Tracey Walsh

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